An Israeli Border Police officer was moderately wounded in a stabbing attack at the Damascus Gate outside the Old City of Jerusalem Sunday morning.
The officer, who is in his early 20s, was stabbed in the neck by a Palestinian terrorist and evacuated to Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem.
Police identified the terrorist as a 38-year-old Palestinian resident from Nablus. He was shot and killed at the scene of the attack by security officials.
As he was stabbing the policeman, the terrorist was heard shouting “Allah Akbar.” A search of his body after the attack uncovered an additional knife hidden in his clothing.
“When I arrived I saw a young man who was stabbed in the upper body,” explained Yehiel Stern, a volunteer paramedic for United Hatzalah, to Channel 2. “We have him first aid treatment and then transferred him to the hospital fully conscious.”
“Bystanders said that shots were fired at the terrorist who carried out the attack, near the location of the murder of Aaron Bennett and Nehemiah Lavi,” Stern said. “The terrorist was shot dead.”
Commander Doron Turgeman, the David District Commander, praised the “rapid response, professionalism and determination of the soldiers” in the midst of the attack, which “let to the rapid conclusion of the event and prevented a more serious attack.”
“Police and soldiers continue to be a human flak jacket for city residents and visitors and they deserve admiration,” he added.
Over the last couple of months, Damascus Gate has been the scene of numerous terror attacks. Terror attacks on Israeli civilians and security personnel have claimed the lives of more than 20 people. An Israeli Border Police officer was moderately wounded in a stabbing attack at the Damascus Gate outside the Old City of Jerusalem Sunday morning.
In a separate incident on Sunday morning, just hours after the Old City attack, a terrorist boarded the 418 Beit Shemesh bound bus in Jerusalem and began stabbing passengers.
A 39-year-old tourist suffered light injuries and was transferred to Shaarei Tzedek Medical Center for treatment. The terrorist, a 17-year-old Palestinian from Hebron, was taken into custody quickly after the attack.